Roethlisberger's sister commits to Sooners

Updated: June 22, 2006, 7:37 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Carlee Roethlisberger, the younger sister of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, has orally committed to play basketball for the University of Oklahoma, her coach said.

Connie Lyon, the coach at Findlay (Ohio) High School, said Roethlisberger committed to Oklahoma on Sunday after making a recruiting trip last week to the campus in Norman. Oral commitments are not binding, but Lyon said Roethlisberger plans to sign with the Sooners during the NCAA signing period in November.

Several Big 10 Conference schools recruited Roethlisberger, who also received recruiting interest for her volleyball schools from Division I powers including Nebraska and Minnesota.

Because of NCAA rules, Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale can't comment on Roethlisberger's commitment until Roethlisberger signs. Lyon said Roethlisberger "found a home when she first stepped onto the campus" at Oklahoma.

"It just appeared to be a good fit for Carlee," Lyons said.

The 6-foot-1 Roethisberger has played every position but center for Findlay during her career, Lyon said, and is projected as a perimeter player in college. This past season, she averaged 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals in helping the Trojans to a 20-4 record.

Roethlisberger becomes the fourth player at Oklahoma with family ties to professional sports.

She will join twins Courtney and Ashley Paris, the daughters of former San Francisco 49ers all-pro lineman Bubba Paris, and Abi Olajuwon, daughter of former NBA most valuable player Hakeem Olajuwon. The Parises will be sophomores next season, while Olajuwon will be a freshman.


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